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IT Manager's Journal: Open Source Globalization Benefits Organizations, Individuals

Oct 18, 2006, 09:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christof Wittig)

"Open source software can help manage large software projects of globally distributed, individual contributors with virtually no management overhead. As open source blends more and more with the commercial software industry, this property of the open source phenomenon, which I will refer to as 'open source globalization,' may have an even higher impact on engineering jobs than IT offshoring. But this time, the news is not so bad for those who embrace the change.

"Open source globalization, the open collaboration of globally distributed software engineers working from their homes, will be heavily adopted by most software (product) companies sooner or later, because it represents a huge cost advantage over the traditional model of collocated, closed source software factories..."

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